Monday, 10 December 2012

Patches

Two patches lined up for next year's patch challenge...

Inverkeithing: Industrial harbour site of former paper mill. Has scored well on seabirds and still has it. 2012 saw a mega day of Shearwaters, Petrels and Skuas driven in by two days of easterly hoolies. Also a candidate for surprise of the year, 2012 saw an apparently locally breeding Cuckoo. Started watching vismig here end August 2011 and kept going.

Inverkeithing site list
Total gleaned from old Fife bird Reports - 150
Personal -137
2012 (so far) - 125 

Inverkeithing


Cullaloe: Former reservoir long since de-commissioned and still developing since being drained. SSSI based on dull plants for which the water level is supposed to be managed. When this happens in August good things happen - e.g. Pectoral Sandpiper, Curlew Sand. Also the site of Fife's only accepted Bee-eater and a long ago Temminck's Stint.10 years ago was subject of a breeding bird survey, so about time for a revisit.Patch history - watched from 1997 until foot and mouth crisis caused switch to Dalgety Bay. Dalgety Bay list quickly overtook it and visited less often since. Former Jan 1st stopoff for Jack Snipe, the prime area is now being overgrown by Willows.

Cullaloe site list
Total -136
Personal - 117
2012 - no recent annual list.


Cullaloe NR

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